Registered nurses can find employment in hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes and home health care services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some work in rehabilitation facilities, schools, prisons or the military.
Specialized nurses can find work in critical care intensive care units and cardiac ICUs, mental health facilities as a psychiatric nurse, and information technology as a nursing informatics specialist, claims Rasmussen College. There are many career options for nurses, which means job security, whether in short-term care or long-term care, for either part-time or full-time work.
Generally, registered nurses take care of patients, prepare them for medical procedures, provide information about medication and disease prevention, and offer support to patients and their families. Nurses must pass licensure exams and obtain education, commonly through three nursing programs: an accredited nursing diploma program, an associates nursing degree and a bachelor's nursing degree, cites the BLS.
Compared to other occupations, nursing jobs are expected to grow faster. Growth is estimated to be 19 percent for the period 2012 to 2022. Among the reasons for this faster growth are the aging baby boomer population, the increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and the greater emphasis on disease prevention and a healthier lifestyle. As of May 2012, the median salary for registered nurses was $65,470.